Monday, May 29, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Kong Hee Fatt Choy to all our Chinese Gunners. Blessings and Good Health always. From Peggy and Allen Lai.
Lo Yee Sang has always being the order of the festive season. Also known as battle of the chopsticks.
Happy makan makan.
Once a Gunner Always A Gunner
Posted by Allen Lai at 00:34
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Happy birthday ye olde fellas
Many happy returns of the day
Master story teller
Past Tiga Suku
As his usual self
If you still cannot recognise him. Here is a mugshot
David and Kathy Lam hosted a surprise warm pot luck birthday party in their home on 23 August 2016. It was Kathy’s and birthday boys Lt Kol David Hermon's and Lt Kol H’ng Hung Meng's bash. We asked the boys how old were they. David Herman replied 70ish and Hung Meng said he was “tiga suku”.
These pictures reflect the closeness of some old Gunners. The night was filled with old stories, many not heard before, particularly stories from David Hermon and Mejar Andrew Teoh, who were senior enough to be in the know. David Hermon, Hung Meng, Andrew and David Lam had served in 1 ARTY. They were of Kajang vintage. We were awed by their episodes and encounters during the Konfrontasi days in Sarawak; of gun firefight in Lubuk Antu; of the 108 rounds Gun Salute using the 25 pounders which were notoriously known for misfires. The barrels were obviously melting hot. But alas the night ended too soon.
I propose the Gunners Club organize a get-together, specifically for the purpose of sharing old stories and of course to have it recorded on video / tape. Lest we forget.
Always a Gunner.
Posted by Allen Lai at 10:42
Friday, June 3, 2016
With Maskan ( From left. Allen Lai, Lee Kong Kok, Omar Mohd, David Lam, Heerah Singh
Yesterday 5 retired Gunners visited Lt Kol Maskan bin Katan at his home in Seremban. Maskan has been ill for sometime now. He is bed-ridden but in good spirit. The visit was well coordinated by Lt Kol Lee Kong Kok who also resides in Seremban.
We are all pleased that Maskan has recovered somewhat over the past several months when we last visisted him in the Seremban General Hospital. We will continue to pray for his speedy recovery to full health. Our visits would be a great morale booster for Maskan.
We were all treated to a sumptuous lunch at his house, whilst waiting to see him after his daily rawatan kampung.
Take care all.
Posted by Allen Lai at 12:43
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
I attended the afternoon tea with the Master Gunner at the Royal Chulan Hotel KL on 3 April 2016. I was glad that I did as there were about 50 other retired Gunners present. It was a pleasant gathering with the adage Once A Gunner Always A Gunner. There were so much to stories catch up. A favourite GPO of mine confessed that he had played a trick on me. We were in Bau area Sarawak. I wanted to deploy a troop of guns at 1800 hours to which the GPO was not too keen to do so. He preferred a first light deployment the next day. However how could he disobey his BC? A simple but very effective plan.
I called him on the Bty command net on the HF radio and ordered for him to deploy urgently that evening. He pretended the radio conversation was full of static interference and kept telling me so. I eventually gave up giving the orders that evening and he deployed the next morning, when the Bty command net was at strength five. We had a good laugh but I could not pick a bone with him now as he retired as a two star general. That was regimental life then. No harm done. The prank was worth his sleep.
I also took the opportunity to snap some photos with my old iPhone of Gunners not seen in this blog for sometime. I forget some of the names though. I hope Rama or Ganeson will help out naming them. I wish to apologise for the poor quality and low resolution of the photos below. I have taken a new hobby of photographing birds instead. I have lost my skills in taking portrait photos of people and I am also using an old iPhone to boot. I hope somebody can take on this important task to update us with photos of old Gunners not met/seen for sometime. This blog will be a treasure in prosperity for new Gunners to come.
Master Gunner Lt General Jaafar Mohammad
Lt General Aziz Hassan
Maj Jen Dato' Ibrahim
Lt Col Kasiran
Brig General Dato' Hussein Kamal
Lt Col Basri
Lt Col Heera Singh
Take care all
Once a Gunner always a Gunner
Posted by Allen Lai at 18:07